Thursday, November 6, 2014

Glasses vs. Contacts

Tattoo sleeves for Halloween at Walmart.
I got contacts this past week. I'm really liking them. It's got me thinking about my appearance. I first got glasses when I was thirteen. Almost everyone I knew had glasses before me and some were starting to get contacts. They've become part of my identity for the past 11 years. When I had to draw self portraits they would contain my glasses (I also really loved the shape of them).

The funny part is that when I would go to school dances or parties where I really wanted to "dress up" I would take my glasses off. I didn't wear makeup at that point, but in my mind it was prettier to not wear my glasses. I don't know if it was the fact that nearly everyone wore contacts once they got to high school. And when I would take "glamour shots" of my face I would always remove my glasses because I thought it looked nicer (also because glare, yuck).

Day 1 wearing contacts. Also I voted. 
Since I've moved to Duluth I've been wearing makeup pretty regularly when I go to work. I've been wanting to dress up, wear my large earrings and not look like a total slob and now that Walmart has upgraded their dress code it really makes me want to try harder with my appearance.

Wearing contacts the last couple days has been strange to me, it feels like my face is empty but I can still see well enough that I'm not trying to adjust the glasses that are not on my face (which is usually what happens if I'm not wearing them for some reason).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sewing Projects and Doctor Who

McCall's `M6800 Jacket Pattern
McCall's `M6800 Jacket Pattern
I keep meaning to make myself a new winter jacket. I finally found a style I liked and bought the pattern on the internet.

Then I bought some dark blue corduroy and held onto it for this entire last year. (It was supposed to be made for last winter.) I knew I wanted to make a TARDIS jacket but I was having a hard time figuring out what to use as the liner material. I wanted to get fabric with the police box sign printed on it but that would be very expensive and I didn't really want a white lining in my jacket anyway. So I waited. Finally I decided I should start working on it and since there is a Hancock Fabrics in Duluth I went to search for fabric. I took my sister Abbey with me and she found the perfect fabric.

It was kind of funny because when we took it to get cut the lady asked me what I was making. I told her it was the liner for a jacket and she immediately asked if it was a Doctor Who jacket. I told her it was and she got all excited. She said she gets worried when normal people buy it because it looks pretty timey-wimey and people will think of Doctor Who when they see it.
Timey-wimey Doctor Who Fabric
Timey-wimey Doctor Who Fabric

So I got the pattern all cut out and I decided to start with the liner because I was just so excited to get started. I got all the liner pieces cut out and labeled and all that. Then I went to start cutting the blue corduroy and I realize that it is not as wide as the pattern expects it to be, and because of this I do not have enough. So I'm laying it out every which way and no matter what it's not going to work.

Not enough fabric - Tardis Jacket
Not enough fabric. :(
Today I went all around town looking for a replacement fabric and I didn't find anything I liked. I found something kind of close at Hancock Fabrics. It was still a blue corduroy but it was not as thick as the one I had. So looks like I'm waiting again until I find what I want.

I will probably still make a jacket with what I have but it will have to be a shorter version of the jacket. I just wanted a long one to use with that liner fabric because it's so pretty and it's already cut out and that would be a huge waste of perfectly good fabric.

I'm going to look through what I have in my stash and see if I can find something that will make a good liner for the smaller jacket.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

California Vacation (Emily's Wedding)

Josh and I just got back from a week long vacation in California for his step-sister Emily's wedding. I got to spend some quality time with his family and really get to know everybody. They welcomed me with open arms and were super nice.

I helped them set up the morning before the wedding and did a lot of table settings and napkin folding and generally helping make everything look nice. I worked with some of Emily's friends and got to know her fiance Brady's family. I helped Brady's aunts with the table settings. It was very low stress and it was kind of awesome how everyone was working together to get everything done in a reasonable amount of time. There weren't a lot of decorations so that helped. It was really just setting up the tables and the chairs outside for the ceremony. Other than a couple painted wooden signs there weren't decorations.

Table settings in a barn for a wedding in California
Table settings in the barn. The chairs were outside for the ceremony and would be moved inside. 
Mason jar favors with table assignments
Mason jar favors that also had the table assignments tagged on them for 200 or so people. 
Her favors were mason jar cups. They were super cute. They gave you your table assignment and they were easy to hold on to for the many trips to the bar in the back corner. There was a selection of beer and wine. The bartender wouldn't give you very much wine at a time. I was a little sad about that, but that just meant more trips up and down.

mason jar wedding favor with chalkboard paint name
Turns out the wine glass was for the champagne toasts. 
I don't have any pictures of the ceremony because I just didn't feel like it. I was busy enjoying myself and since I don't really know Emily or Brady I figured I'd leave the picture taking to people who did know them. I was just there to have fun.

It was a really good wedding. The ceremony was really sweet, it was also only half an hour long which was perfect. Dinner was hamburgers, which was a little odd but they were good. Then dancing until 10:30 when they had to shut things down because the neighbors didn't want noise after 11:00. It turned out to be a good thing though because then all of the college friends were still tipsy and awake and took almost everything down before going home themselves. So when we got there in the morning there wasn't a whole lot we had to do.
A nice picture of Josh and I before going to the wedding.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cleaning the Garden

I didn't work yesterday and it was finally not raining so I figured I better get outside and get some work done on the front garden. There's this ground cover that's basically taken over everything. It's nice in some spots but not in my garden.

This picture is from when we moved in so just imagine that everything has grown like 2 feet.
Front yard.
June 2, 2014

I forgot to take an actual before picture before I started working. But I've also been working on it bit by bit just trying to make some progress.

I made a ton of progress yesterday. There's actually rocks and a plastic barrier surrounding the garden. So I got those pulled up and got all of the weeds pulled out of them. A lot of the ground cover escaped the edges of the garden and was starting to take over the grass. Our landlord mows the lawn for us so we don't have to worry about that. I just want to keep things looking clean.

Front yard.
June 28, 2014
Looking at the pictures it's hard to believe it's the same yard. I can't wait until I can get the rest of it cleaned out. I also can't wait for my peonies to bloom.

There's also a couple dead plants in there that I'm going to try to replace by the end of the summer. But who knows. I also plan to put down some new weed barrier fabric and get some new mulch too. That should keep at least some of the ground cover from popping back up.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Is That Thunder or is Someone Moving Furniture Upstairs?

Well, I'm at Walmart which means it is definitely thunder and not rowdy neighbors. My mother is a little crazy and her moods swings can sometimes cause her to be overly hyper at odd times of the day and night. When I lived at home with her a few summers ago she would sometimes start moving things around at 11pm or two in the morning. It sounded exactly like thunder. So that's what I think of whenever there's a thunderstorm.

It looks like we've got some on and off thunderstorms for the next few days and that's going to be nice. I just hope it doesn't rain on Saturday morning. I don't want to get soaked moving things and then drive a car for 6 hours.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

What Makes Certain Places Feel Like Home?

I’m counting down my final week in Marshall. It’s really starting to hit me that I’m actually moving away. All of my possessions are packed and I’ve gotten my address changed over and everything else but it just didn’t feel real quite yet. At this time next week I’m going to be spending my first night in my new home.

It’s making me realize that Marshall has actually become a pretty big part of my life. I’ve been here for over 6 years now. That’s a really long time. I came here for college and I didn’t really expect it to be anything else.

I’ve made and lost a lot of friends here. I’ve discovered that friendships are sort of fluid and it’s easy to drop out of people’s lives.

There’s a lot of good memories in my apartment. Sure, it’s cramped, underground, and poorly lit but it was partly mine. It took a while to feel that way though. Chris lived here first and Josh moved in with him. Then Jess and I moved in and Chris moved out. Then Chris moved back in and Jess moved out. It’s all very complicated but it’s been one of the best living situations I’ve been in ever. I’m glad Chris agreed to come to Duluth with us.

Duluth is going to be the beginning of a new era. I’m an adult with a college degree. I’m not a “student” anymore. I’m ready for that next step. I’m sick of people asking me when I’m going to be done with school. It’s really awkward to tell them I graduated a year ago. Then they want to know what my degree was and what I plan on doing with it. My degree is creative writing and I plan on using it to work at Walmart for the foreseeable future.

I don’t think it will take long to make Duluth feel like home. I feel like I’m familiar with the area already from all of the searching I’ve been doing with Google Earth. I haven’t been there since I was eight.

It will be nice that we’re all moving into this house at the same time. It will be everyone’s equally. It’s not like we’re moving in with someone already living there. I’ll be able to get things the way I want them. I don’t think the boys will care as long as they can easily play their video games and we all have the ability to have alone time.

So I’m not really sure what makes a place feel like home. I think it’s being comfortable with the place you live and the people you live with. I’m comfortable with Josh and Chris. It should be the same way when we move in with Jim.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

10 Days Until We Move

Okay, 10 days left in Marshall. I only have 5 days left of work at the Marshall Walmart.

I got our chest freezer emptied out today. There's only a couple pizzas, some burritos, some frozen cheese, and some frozen vegetables left.

I plan to get our front closets cleaned out so we can stack some boxes in them and get everything a little bit more organized. I also need to figure out the best way to move like a million board games. Ugh, they're just so awkward. Maybe I'll just end up stacking them in the trunk of Josh's car.

Yesterday we filled out the stuff to get our mail forwarded to our new address. Fun fact: the change of address packet from the post office comes with fun coupons. The boys also got their licenses renewed because both of their birthdays are later this week. They're both turning 25. We're all getting so old.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Godzilla (2014)" Review

I went to "Godzilla" a couple nights ago with Josh, Chris, and a couple other people. Josh really likes "Godzilla" and kept telling me how excited he was for it. I kept trying to shoot it down because then if it was terrible he would be slightly less upset.

It turned out to be pretty good. I was surprised how much more I cared about Godzilla than the human actors.

They really seemed to take the making of this moving seriously and that really helped.

So all in all it was a really fun night. If you like giant monsters and humans acting dumb in the face of crisis then this is the movie for you.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's Behind the Green Door? - Marshall, MN

What's Behind the Green Door?
What's Behind the Green Door?
"What's behind the green door?" This question has plagued me the entire time I've lived in Marshall, MN. I'm sure I drove my friends crazy because I would point it out every time we drove past but I really wanted to know.

I'd walk past it to get from the college to get downtown and I never had the courage to get up close to it. It's pretty freaky looking.

Since I'm moving at the end of the month I figured I better get some pictures of it or nobody will believe me when I tell them about it.

Also, this place is apparently for sale. I know I could call and ask about it but that seems weird.

Everything is completely boarded up with plywood. You couldn't get inside even if you want to. Mainly because that green door isn't even actually a door.

It's a piece of plywood with a doorknob on it.
What's Behind the Green Door?

What's Behind the Green Door?

P.S. I've tried searching for it online but all I get is a porn from the '70's.

So if you for some reason know something about this or find this post when you're trying to look it up yourself let me know. I'm partly posting this just so there is some record of it on the internet.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I'm Moving

I'm moving out of Marshall and going to Duluth. It was sort of a joke at first. Our friend Jim (who currently lives in Duluth) came down to visit during my birthday in December. He casually suggested that we should move up there with him because his lease was up at the end of April and he needed somewhere new to live and some new roommates. We were all intoxicated and we laughed it off but none of us really thought it was a terrible idea.

We were mostly serious when we told him yes but we ignored it for a while until we knew we were fully sober and making the right decision.

So we spent a while searching for a place and of course Jim is the only one up there so he was mostly in charge of that. He found us a nice place and we signed the lease a couple weeks ago. None of us were able to make it up there to see the place and we didn't get a chance to see pictures either but we trust Jim so this should be fun.

So yeah, we're moving into a house we've never seen except from the satellite images on Google Earth. I did manage to find a link to the ad that Jim saw but all of the pictures were old and I guess a lot of things had been updated which is exciting.

I can't believe I'm finally getting out of Marshall. I've been here for 6 years now and I'm ready to get out. College was fun here but this last year I've lost touch with a lot of people and most of my friends have graduated and moved away.

The house we're moving into appears to have a front porch and a backyard. I'm excited to be able to leave the house and not worry about my creepy neighbors trying to talk to me.

We're a block away from the Burrito Union which looks like it might be the best place ever. We're also about three blocks from the Anytime Fitness which means no more excuses and about five blocks from the lake.